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Port Dundas 20 Year Old Special Releases bottled 2011

Grain on the rum/rye plane

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@MaltmaniacmateReview by @Maltmaniacmate

13th Dec 2013


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My first scotch grain whisky. Since I've never been much of a blend kind of guy, I thought I was about to discover the reason behind my usual dislike for blends. But my oh my was I in for a surprise!

The nose is a full on rum-bourbon explosion. Sweet rum notes mixed with bourbon spiciness, maybe even rye whiskey? Rye with a question mark since I don't have any experience with rye so far, but if rye is anywhere near this, you'll see me go rye-nanas in that department soon! What do you say @Victor? Is this what rye is like?

On the nose as well as the palate I get spices, oak, cloves, cinnamon. In a blind tasting you could fool me if you told me I was drinking rum. This is sweet, robust and slightly metallic like a good well aged rum. With water added it's smooth and I'm taken right down to some hot plantation south of the equator.

The finish is long and peppery. This tasting is from a sample and my only concern with this would be that if I bought a bottle I would get tired of the sweetness in the long run (which is why I've always preferred whisky/whiskey to rum).

So even though I'm giving this a high score, I know why I still prefer scotch single malt to grain whisky. The sweetness is very intriguing but you can easily get too much of it...

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